How to use the iPhone’s mute switch as a Do Not Disturb switch

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

SwitcherDND is a new jailbreak tweak that just arrived on Cydia. It allows you to replace the mute switch’s functionality with that of a Do Not Disturb switch. If you use Do Not Disturb often like I do, then you may want to give this free jailbreak tweak a spin. Read More

 

SubtleLock brings a minimal style to the iOS 8 Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2015

SubtleLock has always been a good way to transform the iOS Lock screen with a minimal style, and the iOS 8 version of SubtleLock tries to live up to the legacy. This is a tweak that can customize the Lock screen font, color, size, and even simplify the look of the clock and date readout. If you’re using an impressive wallpaper that you’d like to showcase rather than hide behind Lock screen elements, then SubtleLock for iOS 8 may provide the options you need after an update or two. Read More

 

Flick Scroll: a promising new jailbreak tweak that could change how we scroll

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

The concept of Flick Scroll is a great one: being able to use a simple flick gesture on a scrollable view to align the page exactly where you want it. If you’ve ever been reading a long article on Safari or any other app with a scrollable view, perhaps you’ve struggled trying to keep the text aligned in a manner that makes consuming the content less arduous. That, in theory, is what Flick Scroll aims to accomplish, but the jailbreak tweak, which just appeared on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, isn’t quite ready for primetime. Read More

 

Photego: secure the stock Photos app with Touch ID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

There are tweaks that exist on Cydia that allow you to secure an entire app, but to my knowledge, no tweak yet exists that allows you to secure specific aspects of the stock Photos app with Touch ID. That’s where Photego comes in, a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to prevent users from deleting photos, accessing albums, and more via Touch ID. Read More

 

WhitelistSwitcher cleans up your messy App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

Looking for a way to tidy up the App Switcher on iOS? Then WhitelistSwitcher may be a jailbreak tweak that appeals to you. As its name alludes to, this tweak allows you to whitelist the specific apps that appear in the App Switcher. Apps that aren’t on the whitelist do not appear in the App Switcher, even if they were recently launched. Read More

 

Burstio turns your burst photos into videos or animated GIFs

By Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

Bustio is a new app released in the App Store that will turn your burst photos into animated GIFs or videos, which you can then save to your Camera Roll or share with others via several channels.

The concept is pretty simple. After taking a series of photos in burst mode with your iPhone camera, simply launch Burstio, and select the burst of photos you want to use. From there you have the option to adjust the playback speed from slow, to normal, to fast. Then hit the export button to convert the burst photos into an HD video or an animated GIF. Read More

 

Upcoming ‘AppButton’ tweak brings a unique app switching method to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

I love jailbreaking for many reasons, but one of the primary reasons is that it allows developers to bring unique ideas to fruition. One such idea is AppButton, a new jailbreak tweak that places a very different twist on the concept of app switching. AppButton is not available on the default Cydia repos yet, and is still in Alpha stages. Even so, it’s a tweak that shows tons of potential and promise. Read More

 

Add the Android L screen fade animation to iOS with ‘CheeseCake’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 8, 2015

CheeseCake is a brand new jailbreak tweak that adds the popular Android L screen fade animation to jailbroken iPhones. The tweak, which is available right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo free of charge, is compatible with all devices running iOS 8. Read More

 

Facebook acquiring web video startup QuickFire Networks

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2015

Facebook is purchasing the San Diego, California-based web video startup QuickFire Networks for an undisclosed amount. The company announced the acquisition on its website today, saying that “key members” of its team will be joining the social networking giant as it “winds down operations.”

QuickFire is known for its propriety software tech that significantly reduces the bandwidth needed to view video online without degrading its quality. The startup will help Facebook build an infrastructure capable of supporting the massive influx of video consumption it’s currently experiencing. Read More

 

Task-focused email app Mail Pilot 2 gets previewed

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

Following its iOS and OS X debut in April 2013 and January 2014, respectively, Mail Pilot, a powerful task-focused email application by Mindsense, is about to get a whole lot better and prettier.

Mail Pilot 2, currently in beta, looks really nice with its overhauled interface that was redesigned around getting you on your with your day even faster.

Just earlier this week, Mindsense, the brains behind Mail Pilot, has shared some of the upcoming enhancements in a brand new preview video. You may not necessarily need yet another email app in your life, but I urge you to give this clip a quick watch as it could make you reconsider your stance. Read More

 

‘ColorFill’ makes the Reachability background color match the current app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 7, 2015

Tired of the dark Reachability background color? Looking for something that matches the look and feel of the app you’re currently using? You may want to open Cydia and download a new jailbreak tweak called ColorFill. It purposes to color the empty Reachability view space with colors based on the dominant hue of the current screen. Read More

 

Photo Organizer 8 adds power-user features to the stock Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 7, 2015

Let’s face it; the stock Photos app in iOS 8 is severely lacking when it comes to power user features. Just to name one example, there’s no way to select a range of photos. Instead, you have to tap on each photo that you wish to select one by one. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lack of power-user features in the stock Photos app. Fortunately for jailbreakers, Photo Organizer 8 solves many of the stock app’s shortcomings. Read More

 

New SideBySide jailbreak tweak concept brings true multitasking to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 7, 2015

Hamza Sood, a well-known and well-respected iOS developer, is mulling over the possibility of creating a new iOS jailbreak tweak for true multitasking. Dubbed SideBySide, the tweak would bring true side-by-side simultaneous multitasking to iPads and iPhone, and would use Activator gestures as a means of invocation.

After seeing the progress and popularity of ReachApp, Sood is having second thoughts about proceeding with development of SideBySide. I think that would be a mistake, because SideBySide looks different enough from ReachApp to be extremely compelling in its own right. Read More

 

Nuntius brings native iOS 8 quick reply to WhatsApp

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 6, 2015

One of the best things about using the Messages app in iOS 8 is the quick reply interface. Sadly, third party apps don’t have access to the quick reply API, so they are limited in this regard. Wouldn’t it be nice if one of your favorite messaging apps got access to real native iOS 8 quick reply? That’s the exact premise behind Nuntius, a brand new jailbreak tweak that brings true native iOS 8 quick reply to WhatsApp. Read More

 

TouchPosé+ goes free on Cydia and adds official iOS 8 support

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 6, 2015

Many people over the years have asked me how I get the little touch indicator on my screen-captured videos. No, it’s not Display Recorder, it’s TouchPosé+. Folks, this is one of my go-to tweaks, and one of the secrets behind my videos, and it’s now absolutely free of charge and officially compatible with iOS 8. Read More

 

Circulate: add colorful animated faces to the Clock app icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 6, 2015

Circulate is a new jailbreak tweak that brings new animation styles to the stock Clock app icon. Circulate is a great looking tweak that comes bundled with two themes out of the box. The themes, which consist of a circular theme and a bar-graph looking theme, allow you to measure time in two unique ways. Read More

 

QuickSiri: invoke Siri with a specific phrase

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Do you find yourself using the same Siri commands over and over? I know I do. I always use Siri to tell me the time, and I always use Siri to set alarms. My Siri usage is very limited, so a jailbreak tweak that lets you instantly invoke Siri with a canned command seems right up my alley. Enter QuickSiri, a brand new Cydia release that makes it ridiculously easy to get a fast response from Siri via a canned inquiry. Read More

 

Locus: whitelist location services on an app-by-app basis

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Locus is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to selectively whitelist location services access on an app-by-app basis. The tweak, which features a simple preference panel in the stock Settings app, contains switches for each app that you have installed on your iOS device. If you’re looking to have more granular control over the apps that have access to your location, then look no further than Locus. Read More

 

Camrix: a brand new camera experience for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Camrix is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to compose and take photos and videos from anywhere on your iPhone. The tweak, which is enabled by means of an Activator gesture, places a camera viewfinder overlay on screen that allows you to capture photos and video from the front or rear-facing camera at any time. Needless to say, Camrix is an impressive upcoming tweak that holds lots of promise. Read More

 

How to use Siri’s song recognition feature with Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Siri’s built-in Shazam song recognition feature is a handy way to quickly identify songs that are playing around you. What’s this song, Siri? is a new Activator add-on that takes this song recognition feature, and makes it directly accessible by means of an Activator gesture. Read More

 
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